Book Title: 108 Rock Star Guitars
Photographer/Author: Lisa S. Johnson
Publisher: Glitterati Incorporated
Format: Hard cover, coffee table, 486 photographs, 396 pages, includes additional 16-page booklet
Amazon Link: http://tinyurl.com/om23b7v
The first thing that is likely to come to mind when you see the title of this book is why 108 Rock Star Guitars? Why not 150 or 200 to make it a nice even number? The belief in numbers and combinations of numbers has a long history back to the early times of mankind. They hold spiritual and cosmic meaning and come together like one big puzzle. This is an entirely different story to focus on however but nevertheless one worth looking into if you have interest in exploring such a topic.
The main emphasis of this book is to bring you into to the world of rock gods and their guitars. Lisa S. Johnson spent the last 17 years compiling all the intimate photos and stories behind each musicians axe. The guitar becomes an extension of each musicians body and soul and what the naked eye sees through these striking pictures are how each instrument takes on its own personality with the help of the individual that actually plays it. They are all shown with bumps, bruises and warts up close like you have never seen before. In addition to that you get the story of how all the blemishes came to be. Why every guitar is unique is what this book builds on and the pictures and stories are interlocked to make it a very special expereince that you will treasure forever.
Welcome to the new holy grail of guitar books 108 Rock Star Guitars. The size of the book alone is breathtaking, 396 pages with 486 photos and a forward by the legendary Les Paul. Lisa S. Johnson received the right of passage and approval from the man himself. It doesn’t get much better than that. The gorgeous works of art contained in this book features each page edged with gold. As you can see by the picture provided, the cover looks like some ancient script found lying on a shelf in a pyramid or castle from long ago…blow the dust off and open the book and magic happens. It does have a mystical shroud around it and when you open it up it is like stepping into a wonder land of six strings and back stage lore of which you have never experienced before. Although the photos are unique and detailed, it is the information and stories that go along with each instrument that make it so much more interesting. Once you crack it open good luck putting it down, it is simply fascinating.
From Ace Frehley to Eric Clapton you get the visuals and the scoop on some of the most famous guitars to ever grace a stage. This may very well be the most important guitar book ever produced and if you are a guitar player, music lover or collector of music memorabilia you will be salivating once this beauty is in your hands. It is much too large to be a stocking stuffer for that special someone this year but I guarantee if it is sitting under the tree it will raise some eyebrows. Music can be magical and so can the people and instruments that create it all. 108 Rock Star Guitars captures the very meaning of it all in one huge and beautiful production.
Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck
November 22, 2013